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General News of Saturday, 24 December 2022


Sokoto NUJ lauds Army chief over community devt

Chief of Army Staff, Farouk Yahaya Chief of Army Staff, Farouk Yahaya

The Nigerian Union of Journalists, Sokoto State Council, has commended pragmatic and exemplary leadership of Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Faruk Yahaya, for ensuring professionalism in Nigeria Army and nation building.

A statement signed by the state’s NUJ chairman, Dalhatu Safiyal-Magori, lauded the efforts of Yahaya over successful conduct of the 2022 COAS annual conference and various community development protects inaugurated across Sokoto state.

Safiyal-Magori said the conference showed the integrity of Yahaya toward promoting professionalism in Nigerian Army.

He said presence of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), Governkr Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state, Ministers, former and present Service Chiefs, traditional institutions, and other dignitaries at the just-concluded occasion have demonstrated Nigerian Army acceptance in the society.

He noted that the conference with the theme, ‘Building a Professional Nigerian Army for the 21st Century Security Environment’ will surely leveraged on sustained vigour for the transformation of the Nigerian Army as it was designed to elicit new ideas and proffer solutions for enhancement of Army activities.

According to him, the civil-military projects executed by Nigerian Army and inaugurated during COAS conference located at Sokoto metropolis, Sifawa community in Bodinga local government and LG headquarters, Tangaza, Goronyo and Sabon Birnin local government areas have also attested to the facts.

Safiyal-Magori listed the projects to include pediatric ward at Goronyo General Hospital, block of classrooms at Nizamiyya model primary school in Tangaza and Emir Yahaya road in Sokoto.

Other projects inaugurated were newly constructed mosque at Kassarawa, mosque in Bodinga town, complete rehabilitation of Malam Sa’idu Nizamiyya school, primary healthcare center, fire service station, drainages and road networks in Sifawa community among others.

The NUJ chairman further stated at the event, the National President of Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association, Salamatu Yahaya, had inaugurated a solar powered borehole, water head tank donated by NAOWA and rehabilitated Vesico Virginal Fistula center in Sokoto State.

The center located at Maryam Abacha Women and Children Hospital underwent structural facelift, provided with office furniture, empowerment training tools and medical equipment.

Mrs Yahaya said that the efforts were part of NAOWA vision to support less privileged persons, women empowerment as well as uplift living standards of citizens.

She also donated food stuff, detergents and other commodities to the VVF victims and commended the hospital management for the efforts on treatment and other livelihoods supports to VVF victims.

The state council expressed appreciation to the supports and professional carrier enhancement programmes, noting that NUJ would continue to associate with COAS on the achievements as a well partner at all times.